No matter where you live or how your school year is unfolding, engaging and powerful programs are just a click away. Missoula Butterfly House & Insectarium educators introduce students to amazing Bug Ambassadors and give them remarkable experiences, without ever leaving the classroom. 

What’s included?

  • Live Bug Ambassadors
  • A knowledgeable presenter that loves bugs and kids and is excited to introduce your classroom to their new 6, 8, and many-legged friends
  • Complete technical support to ensure a stress and hassle-free experience
  • Information about how each program supports NGSS standards

Programs are:

  • Adaptable for a wide range of learners and groups—not just for formal, traditional classrooms. Programs can be adapted for home school groups, scouting troops, multi-age classrooms and more.
  • Delivered via Google Meet, Zoom or Microsoft Teams and are accessible to anyone equipped with a computer with a webcam, microphone and internet connection. 
  • $65 per program.
  • One hour long for grades 1 – 8. Kindergarten programs are 45 minutes long. 
  • Designed to support Crosscutting Concepts, Science and Engineering Practices and Disciplinary Core Ideas and NGSS standards. Learn more about the standards that each program addresses here.

Payment and Cancellation Policy

Program dates are not guaranteed until total payment is received. Your payment is 100% refundable if you cancel your program at least two weeks prior to the scheduled program date. If you cancel your program less than two weeks prior to the scheduled program date, you will receive a 50% refund. A link to pay for your program will be sent once a date and time are set.


Thanks to the Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation and the Jane S. Heman Foundation, we are able to offer scholarships for the 2021-2022 school year. Click HERE to apply for a scholarship. We encourage you to apply as soon as possible as there are a limited number of scholarships available.

Program Descriptions:

Program descriptions include the grade level or range each program is best suited to support. Most programs can be easily adapted for a variety of ages and grades. The first three programs described below, while still being able to be scaled for a range of ages, specifically address NGSS standards for kindergarten, first and second grades. We are happy to answer any questions you might have and help you pick the program that best fits your needs and interests.

Creative Creatures (K – 5th, ideal for kindergarten): What would a bug look like if it were perfectly adapted to camouflage with your backyard? In this fun and creative program, students will practice their observation skills on bugs from around the world that are experts in the art of camouflage, discussing how these traits help them to survive. The adventure wraps up with a chance to design an insect, a brand new species, using leaves and other natural elements from around your yard. Standards: “Use observations to describe patterns of what plants and animals, including humans, need to survive” (NGSS: K-LS1-1)

Powerful Pollinators (2nd – 5th, ideal for 2nd grade): This fun program turns students into scientists! Together we’ll explore pollination from the perspective of the many insects that excel at the art of moving pollen. We’ll virtually investigate real pollinator specimens and study a live Bug Ambassador. A post-program take home activity extends the learning experience by helping students understand just how important pollinators are for our ecosystems, and dinner plates! Standards: “Develop a simple model that mimics the structure and function of an animal in dispersing seeds or pollinating plants” (NGSS: 2-LS2-2)

Super Spiders (1st – 5th): We cover everything from spider anatomy and feeding habits to how they grow and defend themselves. We’ll meet a wide range of spiders and dispel old and inaccurate spider myths.

Beetlemania (3rd – 5th): Did you know that there are more beetle species in the world than there are mammal, bird, fish, and reptile species combined? We’ll learn all about how this beetle diversity developed, what makes a beetle a beetle, and the adaptations that help them survive and thrive in ecosystems around the world.

Little Things, Big Jobs (2nd – 5th): Who runs the world? BUGS! During this fun program, students will get the chance to learn about three major roles arthropods have in our ecosystem. We’ll talk about the importance of pollination, the balancing act of predation, and the dirty and messy world of decomposition.

Millipede vs. Centipede (3rd – 5th): While at first glance millipedes and centipedes might seem like essentially the same animal, we can assure you they are actually quite different! During this program students will become pros at recognizing the difference between these two amazing animals. You’ll even get to meet our giant African millipedes, and we’ll end the program by feeding our largest centipede.

Reach out to Briana Wentworth at 406-317-1211, or via the form below to schedule and learn more.